The Stratford Team
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Phillip Wiggins has over 30 years of experience in land investment and brokerage. He began his real estate career in 1980 as a land broker. In 1983, he co-founded The Stratford Group, the first of several entities involved in real estate activities related to land. Since 1980, Wiggins and his associates have brokered in excess of $1.5 billion of land. In 1998, Mr. Wiggins was the sole founder of The Stratford Company (now known as Stratford Land), a land investment company, and in 2006, he was the sole founder of Stratford Realty Capital, a hard asset lender. He has raised in excess of $960 million of equity for these companies through a series of real estate funds. Currently, Stratford Land and Stratford Realty Capital have four offices located in the southern and western portions of the United States.
Phillip was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Highland Park High School and graduated in 1973. He attended the University of Mississippi on a tennis scholarship and received his B.A. in 1977 with honors in political science and sociology. He worked for Burroughs Corporation (1977-1979) in Memphis, Tennessee and won the company’s Legion of Honor award for outstanding sales performance. In 1979, he left Burroughs to take a Rotary Fellowship to study economics in Geneva, Switzerland.vCard
Chief Financial Officer
Randy Hearne joined Stratford Land in 2004 and serves as its Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. A certified public accountant, Mr. Hearne has worked in all aspects of real estate over the past 32 years.
Prior to joining Stratford Land, Randy worked for the DalMac Company for 24 years. At DalMac, he was first treasurer and financial analyst, responsible for development feasibility analyses, then vice president of finance, responsible for the company’s accounting and reporting activities, including 25 limited partnerships and joint ventures. Randy became DalMac’s chief financial officer in 1987, responsible for both construction and development. Prior to DalMac, Randy worked for KPMG as a real estate consultant, Gerald Hines’ Sugarland Properties and an Austin-based architectural and construction firm. A native Texan, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
Senior VP - FInance & Operations
Mark Westerburg – Senior VP of Finance & Operations
Mark Westerburg joined Stratford in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations. He has over 14 years of real estate experience in capital raising, M&A advisory, investing, lending and leasing.
Prior to joining Stratford, Mark spent two years with the corporate strategy group at Dell, Inc. where he focused on various strategic and operational initiatives led by the CEO and the Executive Leadership Team. Prior to Dell, he worked in the real estate investment banking group at JMP Securities, where he was actively involved in raising over $2B in public/private equity and debt and more than $1B in domestic M&A. Previously, Mark worked in the middle-market and the institutional lending groups at KeyBank Real Estate Capital in the San Francisco and Dallas offices.
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Chief Risk Officer
Mark Drumm provides key national, regional and local market, economic and strategic insight for all aspects of Stratford Land’s investment decisions. He has over 20 years of experience in strategic market analysis, research and consulting.
A native of Georgia, Mark graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate. Upon graduation, he joined Robert Charles Lesser & Company as a consultant gaining national experience in a wide range of projects including mixed-use and master-planned community feasibility, specific product investment analysis, corporate strategic planning, and portfolio work-out initiatives for public and private real estate organizations. He left in 1995 to work with developers, builders and financial institutions providing in-house research and strategic market analysis for their land acquisition, product development, strategic-planning, lending and investment decisions. He has held key research, acquisition, marketing, development and planning roles and is a full member of the Urban Land Institute.vCard
Ocie L. Vest, P.E.
Senior VP - Entitlements
Mr. Vest joined Stratford in 2007. His primary responsibility is directing the underwriting and due diligence research associated with the purchase of new properties. Mr. Vest also directs land development strategies associated with governing agency entitlements, permits and approvals.
Mr. Vest has over 27 years experience as a professional engineer in private land development including master planned communities, retail, office, industrial and multifamily projects. Prior to joining Stratford, Mr. Vest served as Vice President and Director of Engineering for Hunt Realty Corporation where he directed the underwriting, due diligence and entitlement strategy for several master planned communities in Texas and Colorado. Prior to joining Hunt Realty, Mr. Vest was the Senior Vice President of Huitt-Zollars, a top 200 ENR engineering and architectural firm, serving as the Market Sector Leader of the firm’s Urban Development Group. At Huitt-Zollars, Mr. Vest was responsible for the firm’s urban development projects including client development, sourcing new projects, project entitlements, development strategy and project permitting strategy. Mr. Vest holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, California and Nevada.vCard
Mr. Hudnall joined Stratford in 2004 and serves as Stratford’s General Counsel, responsible for handling, coordinating and delegating the legal aspects of all general real estate and partnership matters for the Company’s funds.
Mr. Hudnall has 15 years of experience in real estate law, having negotiated and closed a variety of complex real estate transactions. Prior to joining Stratford, Mr. Hudnall was a partner in the real estate practice group of Dallas-based Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. At Winstead, Mr. Hudnall's practice involved all facets of commercial real estate, including representation of landowners and developers in land acquisition and development, and representation of buyers and sellers in purchase and sale transactions involving retail, office, multifamily and other types of commercial property. He has also represented landlords and tenants in all types of commercial leasing, and borrowers and lenders in connection with mortgage lending for both construction and permanent financing. Mr. Hudnall is a Dallas native and 1990 magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University where he majored in economics and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School in 1994. In 2004, Mr. Hudnall was named a “Texas Rising Star” in the Texas Super Lawyers edition of Texas Monthly magazine.
Chief Investment Officer
Kevin Watson joined Stratford Land in 2004 as the Director of Investments for Texas. He now oversees all Stratford land activities. Along with the area directors, he is responsible for generating, evaluating, recommending and managing land transactions and assets within the land portfolio.
Kevin has an extensive, 30 year background in the real estate industry with experience in lending, brokerage, investment, and development. Prior to joining Stratford, he was a Development Partner and the Chief Operating Officer for The Woodmont Company, a Ft. Worth based retail developer. In addition to his retail development experience, Kevin has worked in the land brokerage industry, and conducted lending and work-outs roles for several local and national banks. A Dallas native, Mr. Watson attended The University of Texas at Austin, receiving both a BBA and an MBA.vCard
Senior Investment Manager - Texas
Steve Sanders joined Stratford in 2010 and is responsible for acquisitions in the State of Texas. He is a 26-year veteran of the real estate business most recently with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) where he was an Area Director and Senior Vice President in Austin, Texas. He came to JLL after its merger in 2008 with The Staubach Company where he was a Partner. At JLL\Staubach, Steve focused primarily on land acquisition and disposition for corporate, educational and public sector clients including the City of San Antonio, Texas State University, The Hartford, Apple Computers, Concordia College, Cisco and Austin Community College. He also worked extensively with the State of Texas, the General Land Office and the University of Texas System. Since returning to Texas in 2001, he has brokered in excess of $175M in land transactions. Steve has twice been recognized by the Austin Business Journal for having structured the Broker Transaction of the Year.
Prior to joining JLL, Steve worked in development in Texas and much of the southeast US for a diversified group of developers including Partners Development, Pizzuti and Faison. As a developer, he produced over 1.8 million square feet of retail, office and industrial space. At both Partners Development and Pizzuti, he led the build-to-suit divisions including the responsibility to acquire land in multiple markets for the purpose of development. This and other experience has given him extensive knowledge of the entitlement process as well as highest and best use analysis on a property-specific basis. In addition to numerous specialty real estate-related studies, Steve has a BA from the University of Texas – Arlington.vCard
Senior Investment Manager - Southwestern U.S.
Diane Belcher jointed Stratford in 2007 and currently serves as one of Stratford’s Senior Investment Managers, responsible for sourcing, evaluating, recommending, managing and disposing of investments in Southwestern U.S.
Diane’s experience to‑date includes business advisory and consulting expertise with varied responsibilities including real estate, accounting, sales and marketing. For over 18 years she provided business advisory and consulting services to a variety of real estate and financial companies, including American Express, Foxx Development, Comerica Bank, GE Capital, SC Development and the Resolution Trust Corporation. Prior to Stratford, Diane was a partner at Vaco Phoenix, a financial accounting consulting services company, responsible for business development. Other prior posts held include Thane International, where she served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance responsible for accounting, finance and human resources, and as a property acquisition associate for the Trammell Crow Company. Diane began her career as an audit manager at Ernst & Young and a vice president at Cullen/Frost Bank. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.vCard
Senior Investment Manager - Southeastern U.S.
David Moore joined Stratford in January 2008 and serves as one of Stratford’s Senior Investment Managers responsible for identifying, acquiring and asset managing land investments located in Southeastern U.S.
David graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree both in Banking and Finance and in Real Estate, and served as the President of the University’s Real Estate Society. Upon graduation, he went to work for McColgan & Company. In 1998, he joined Hailey Realty Company, one of Atlanta’s oldest and leading commercial real estate companies, to help increase their leasing and sales of industrial and land properties. In 2001, he received the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. He is also a life member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, and has served on its Technology committee, Million Dollar Club committee, and Forms committee. As an Atlanta native, David has extensive knowledge of the metropolitan Atlanta area and the State of Georgia. He has been involved in commercial real estate during the rapid growth of the Atlanta market, especially after the 1996 Olympic Games.vCard
Investment Manager - Southwestern U.S.
Jason Stowe has been with Stratford since 2008 and is responsible for the origination of land loans and management of the loan portfolio in the western U.S. He maintains a state-wide network of contacts, which he utilizes to increase deal flow and select the most intelligent investments for the portfolio.
Prior to Stratford Land, Jason worked for Pegasus Ablon Properties, a commercial real estate development and acquisition company specializing in undervalued opportunities. He performed numerous roles within the company including business development, investment oversight, and transaction support. Preceding Pegasus Ablon Properties, Jason managed the business development and marketing activities for Fricke Real Estate Investments, a boutique private equity group. Before joining Fricke Real Estate Investments, He worked for CDX Gas, LLC, where he managed a wide array of special projects for both the CEO and Vice President of Business Development. Jason is a native Texan and graduated cum laude from Southwest Texas State University. vCardjstowe@stratfordland.com
Investment Manager - Southeastern U.S.
Robyn Stokes joined the Stratford Land team in August 2010. She is responsible for originating land loans and maintaining the loan portfolio across the Southeast but with a focus on the Georgia, Tennessee, and Northern Florida markets.
Prior to Stratford, Robyn launched RCS Consulting Group. There she worked with companies to develop and implement strategic marketing plans, brand strategies, and relationship management programs to help grow their businesses and meet their corporate goals. Before RCS, Robyn worked for Duke Realty Corporation as the Regional Marketing Manager. In that role, she was responsible for developing and executing the marketing program for the company’s Atlanta region – a 30 million square-foot portfolio including properties in Atlanta, Dallas, Raleigh, Tampa, Orlando and South Florida. She has also worked with Urban American, a real estate private equity firm focused on asset and property management of apartments in New York and New Jersey, and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority whose mission is to alleviate blight within the city.
Robyn holds dual Master degrees (MBA and Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate) from Cornell University and a BA in economics from Spelman College.vCard